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In this, her fourteenth novel--and one of her most endearing--Anne Tyler tells the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order.

Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he was after, like his teenage cohorts. It was just that he liked to read other people'

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Published April 14th 1998 by Random House Audio (first published 1998)
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Nance Sparks that's what I think though the note to Sophia made me think maybe he was really in love with her and wanted to convince her she should be with him - I…morethat's what I think though the note to Sophia made me think maybe he was really in love with her and wanted to convince her she should be with him - I think I like the idea of him winding up with Martine better(less)
Derek Finnigan At the beginning of the book, When Barnaby is attending the Renascence school, the students have to learn a weekly Shakespeare sonnet. The first…moreAt the beginning of the book, When Barnaby is attending the Renascence school, the students have to learn a weekly Shakespeare sonnet. The first sonnet Barnaby has to learn is, 'When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, Haply I think on thee'. Martine, along with his grandparents, will have faith and belief in him no matter what, and this is why, at the end of the book, when he finally comes to understand what Martine really means to him, Barnaby says to her, "Haply I think on thee".(less)
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Onvan : A Patchwork Planet - Nevisande : Anne Tyler - ISBN : 080411918X - ISBN13 : 9780804119184 - Dar 320 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998
Gerald
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe I've admitted to reading all of Anne Tyler's books, several of them more than once. I just reread A Patchwork Planet, and I'm dumbstruck again. Like no other author I know, Tyler is a master of the emotional sandbag. She blindsides you, saps you in the skull when you don't see it coming (even if you've already read the book!), and you need to take a brief time-out to recover from being a blubbering fool. In this paperback edition, if you don't experience an epiphany by page sixty-one, ...more
Layna
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I feel like apologizing for liking Anne Tyler but this book in particular is truly wonderful - I'm not terribly great at reviews but it has the hallmarks of things I generally value in a book - wonderful characters who stay with you, and the amazing ability to tightrope-walk between funny and sad without ever becoming maudlin or flippant.
Bobby
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The critics say that Anne Tyler writes novels with quirky characters. I say that we are all quirky characters. Certainly, I grew up with and am a member of a family of quirky characters. I find the characters in Anne Tyler's novels real, they are people one meets everyday.

As I began to read this novel, I thought about days when I lived in the pages of Anne Tyler's novels. My trips to the library always took me to the same section, where I fingered the titles looking for favorite or unread novel
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Stephanie Holcomb
Jan 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Goodreads. You can click on "I'm finished" which does not necessarily mean you have completed the book to the final page.

I CANNOT stand it when, 187 pages into a book, the main character takes a turn that you absolutely can't see them taking. You think you know a guy...

I had my doubts reading this, really. Its horribly written. Time passed too fast and scenes were over in a few pages, nothing was drawn out and no agreeing with a character over their choices. In fact, choices weren't reall
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Mo
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not quite 3 stars

This book started out just fine. I started reading and found interesting characters, a pleasant writing style, and some very engaging dialogue. All good, right? Well, somewhere it took a turn, because I had to keep pushing myself to finish reading the darn thing.

Here’s the problem. I like what happens in a book to be meaningful in some way. I don’t want to read a bunch of random incidents that in no way help to impel the story forward. Anne Tyler has a habit of throwing a lot o
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Galen Johnson
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows thirty year-old divorced father, never graduated college, manual laborer Barnaby Gaitlin through a year of growing up. Barnaby works for a company that aids the elderly and others with heavy lifting and big chores, leading to many interesting minor characters in the novel. Barnaby realizes that he is not living up to his potential both in his parents' eyes and in his own, although for different reasons. He meets a slightly older woman, Sophia, on the train and begins a friendsh ...more
Anne
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one can create quirky, beguiling, harmless misfits as well as Anne Tyler, and in A Patchwork Planet, Barnaby Gaitland steps onto the page. He's the black sheep of an affluent family, living in a rented basement studio, divorced, wanting to be a better father to his daughter, working for Rent-a-Back, a service company that does household jobs its elderly clients who can no longer manage. Along comes an angel, and his life seems to take a major turn for the better. But in the background of this ...more
Summer
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rose
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Ann Tyler's works. Looking into the lives of ordinary people and finding extraordinary stories.
The main character in the novel,Barnaby Gaitlin, is the the anti-hero in this story. He is definitely no prince. A quasi-reformed juvenile delinquent, he is a disheveled handyman,helper with a heart and "a man you can trust". His work takes him into the homes and lives of people who have no reason not to trust him and build relationships with him. He likes the work because it puts him in
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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. She has published 20 novels, her debut novel being If Morning Ever Comes in (1964)

The Beginner's Goodbye is Anne Tyler's nineteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons , was a
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